NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered the immediate shifting of three police officials of Karimnagar, where the parliamentary byelection is scheduled for December 4, reports PTI.

In an order to the State Government, the poll panel said the DSP and Circle Inspector of Karimnagar and Sub-Inspector of Thimmapur should be transferred forthwith for "not performing their duties properly", EC sources said.

The commission has also asked the Government to submit a panel of names for their replacement, the sources said.

In another order, the commission sought an explanation from the Congress-led State Government for the reasons and circumstances under which an advertisement regarding distribution of land to the poor was published in the district where the bypoll is scheduled.

Citing violation of the model code of conduct, the Election Commission asked the State Government to give its response by tomorrow evening, the sources said.

Congress denies charge

Special Correspondent from Hyderabad adds:

The EC's decision comes in the wake of seizure of cricket kits and cash from a van by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders near Karimnagar. These were allegedly sent by Congress leaders for distribution among voters. Congress leaders denied these allegations and said the First Information Report (FIR) made no mention of the seizure of cash. The TRS had lodged a protest when the police refused to conduct `panchnama' at Nusthullapur where the vehicle was seized.

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